FIRST-YEAR PROGRAMS

FIRST YEAR HONOR SOCIETY

At our meeting on March 6, students present agreed to the following election process:

Students interested in becoming President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer would submit brief statements, and Dr. Johnson would post them on this website. Students would view them in consideration for the election at our next meeting on March 20.  Each candidate was asked to respond to the following questions:

  1. Why did you join the First Year Student Honor Society?
  2. What would you like to see this organization become known for?
  3. What are three things you plan to do to make that vision a reality?
  4. What leadership experiences have you had in the past?

Responses will be posted as soon as possible after they are received. If you would like to run for one of the offices, please submit your information to Dr. Johnson at johnsosl@buffalostate.edu .

We also need everyone to make suggestions on the draft version of the constitution.  Click on the highlighted text and you'll see the draft document. Please review it and e-mail Dr. Johnson any input you have.

OFFICER CANDIDATES:

James Carminati:

Why did I join this First Year Honors Society?
I joined to become more involved in the school. I tend to involve myself wherever I am to get in touch with peers, and also adults to create a like home atmosphere wherever I go.

What would I like to see this organization become known for?
I would like to see this organization become known for creating an atmosphere of learners that support each other in their studies to further succeed in their college studies. I believe that we can also make it known for fund-raisers and fun activities that would bring more college students together.

What are three things that I plan to make that vision a reality?
I plan to unite the students by planning group sessions that would benefit all of us such as a presentation on scholarship opportunities or study abroad options. It is here where we can all see that we have the same goals and it pays to have a high goal and achieve it. We will create an atmosphere where everyone depends on each other for fund-raisers. Lastly, we will have meetings where we can all put our ideas in and feed off of each other to come up with more plans for this organization.

What leadership experiences have I had in the past?
I have been a volunteer fireman for 5 years now and used to be a part of a junior program which I was president of for two years. I was senior class president. I was president of the varsity club my senior year in high school. I instruct sailing over the summer and teach children how to race. Last semester I was part of a learning community and was elected the representative of the community through both peers and professors. I was recently elected treasurer to take over next year for the Buffalo State Rugby Team.

Thank you for your opportunity to be part of this program!

Sharlitha Reed:
 
Why did you join the First Year Student Honor Society?

I joined First Year Honor Society because I want to be a positive influence for upcoming freshmen and even upperclassmen to get good grades and strive to do that absolute best in every one of their classes. I also joined this organization so that I would have a better opportunity to apply for scholarships that will reward me for doing the absolute best that I can in all my classes.

What would you like to see this organization become known for?

I would like to see this organization become known for helping students with advisement, giving out scholarships, and being a good representation of first year students who are striving to earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher. I think it is important for students to receive good advisement so that they know exactly what courses they need to take in order to complete their majors. Also I think giving out scholarships will also help first year students to become more motivated towards getting better grades.

What are three things you plan to do to make that vision a reality?

For the advisement topic, I plan to set up times with advisors to come to one of the honor society meetings, or make it into some sort of program, to help students plan out their upcoming semesters. Next, I hope to set up fundraisers to help raise money for scholarships that can be given out to students who have achieved a 3.5 or higher GPA. Lastly, I think gaining more membership will show other students that if they work hard enough and earn good grades they too can represent Honor Society, which will soon become a highly known organization on campus.

What leadership experiences have you had in the past?

In my freshman and sophomore year of high school, I was captain of my JV Softball Team and was a member of a student organization called Minority Vitality. Since I was fifteen I was a Assistant Junior Pop Warner cheerleading coach at a community center in Rochester, NY. This year I was elected to the position of president of Perry Hall and became an active member of Resident Hall Association for the past two semesters.

Brayan Melo:

Why did you join the First Year Student Honor Society?

A: I wanted to join the First Year Student Honor Society because of the respect and credibility it brings.  It’s a distinguishable honor of which I would be proud to put on my resume.  It is something that I know will catch the eye of any employer as well.  By far the biggest reason of course was as a reward to myself for the hard work and dedication I have put into my education, and to give a sense of satisfaction to both of my parents.

What would you like to see this organization become known for?

A: I would like it to become known for not as the geek organization, but as a group of students who will not compromise their education and the foundation of their futures.  I want it to be an organization known for its prestige and excellence.  It should be an organization that assists and rewards its members for their hard work.  Clearly this is a unique and selective group because the entire freshman class is not a part of it. Therefore, this organization should be one that will keep these selected students above the rest and give them the resources they need to maintain the momentum garnered from their first semester of college.  We showed we are mature and responsible enough to handle this challenge, which was not easy, and thus we should be rewarded for that

What are three things you plan to do to make that vision a reality?

A: College is expensive.  As the elite core of the freshman class, I would like for this group of students to receive first hacks at scholarship opportunities.  I would like to provide and assist in finding as many dollars as possible.  A second reality is to step up to the plate and meet the challenges of our time.  Whether through community service, assisting the environment, or those in need, we should be humble and be the frontline of the movement to solve today’s problems. Finally, I believe we should be a family who assists each other.  We should motivate and work together to make it through the times ahead. Through tutoring or fun activities, this group should bond together and exemplify excellence and hold the name of this organization up high
 
What leadership experiences have you had in the past?

A: I have served as the Vice Wing Commander of the AFJROTC NY-932, having attained the rank of cadet Lieutenant Colonel.  I was second in command of almost 200 cadets.  I have also served as the Support Group Commander, Deputy of the Support Group, and the Public Affairs Squadron Commander.  I have shown I can work and lead a large group of people; having worked and perfecting my leadership and personal skills.  I have also partaken and led numerous ROTC parades, for instance the Martin Luther King, Memorial, Veterans, and Columbus Day parades.  During my tenure in ROTC I also led many community services such as Teacher For a Day, Community Cleanup, Meals on Wheels, and have worked hand in hand with March Of Dimes in their activities throughout the NYC area.

Stephanie Georgopoulos:

Why did you join the First Year Student Honor Society? 

I joined this First Year Student Honor Society because I think it will benefit me all throughout my four years here at Buffalo State College. This Honor Society will help me stay motivated and allow me to keep excelling in my classes. Being inducted into an honor society is an honor; it proves that your hard work did not go unrecognized.

What would you like to see this organization become known for?

I would like this organization to be known as an organization that helps student excel. I would like if the people in this organization could help each other with some difficulties they are having in school. This organization should be known for its continuing strives that will help students succeed in school.

What are three things you plan to do to make that vision a reality?

In order to make my vision a reality I would like to set up groups once a week, for each subject that student seem to have trouble with. The students will then be allowed to work together to help figure out the problem that they are having. While one student maybe having problems with math he or she might excel in Biology. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses; you just need to be aware of them and not feel ashamed to ask for help. In order to make this vision a reality we will be a close organization. I think that it is important to know the people that are in the same program. This way if you see someone on campus you can always ask for their help. This will also allow people to interact and make new friends. In order to make my vision a reality I think that each student should right down their goals for college. What their standards are and what they are trying to achieve. Having goals is something that is important in everyone’s

What leadership experiences have you had in the past?

During high school I was an active member in student council. During my junior and senior year I was elected class president. With this role came great responsibilities involving, planning for homecoming, junior prom, and prom, as well organizing many fundraising activities. This was a position I enjoyed doing. I have also been playing lacrosse since I was six years old. While entering tenth grade I was caption of the varsity women lacrosse team. I fortunately kept my position until I graduated. Being caption of a team is a great deal of responsibility. It was something that required spirit, strength, and will power. I had to always set a good example, as well as take control when it was needed. I also was there to help pick up the team even when we had no chance of wining. Being a leader is something I enjoy doing, it is something that I hope to carry with me into my career.